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Lagos deploys special traffic mayors to support LASTMA

By Benjamin Alade
17 December 2021   |   2:45 am
Lagos State Government has deployed Special Traffic Mayors (STM) to ease road traffic statewide. The STM is a special creation of the State government to complement men

Lagos State Government has deployed Special Traffic Mayors (STM) to ease road traffic statewide.

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The STM is a special creation of the State government to complement men of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA).

Special Adviser to the governor on Transportation, Toyin Fayinka, at the rebranding of the STMs and interactive session with core stakeholders in Lagos, said the two arms are not in competition, but cooperate for free flow of traffic that has become the second nature of the commercial capital.

Addressing LASTMA, Fayinka said: “Don’t see them as your opposition because they are not collecting your salary nor delaying your promotion but they are established to improve your operations.

“Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had also improved LASTMA’s welfare in all ramifications to enable them achieve success in their core duty.

“I would like to advise LASTMA officials to always support STM in addressing emergency issues when need be, for quiet and effective operations,” Fayinka said.

He reminded that what goes around turns around. “The present LASTMA officials could become STM after retirement. Majority of STMs were retired civil servants and successful businessmen who had passion for traffic control.”

The General Manager, LASTMA, Bolaji Oreagba, who was represented by the Director, Operations of LASTMA, Peter Gbejemege, said it was necessary to rebrand LASTMA mayors for better service to humanity.

Oreagba said rebranding has many meanings, “it’s either you overhaul, re-launch, remodel, revamp, or reinvent for better service.”

He added that LASTMA is an autonomous body charged with administration, control and management of road traffic matters with a system of operation that is responsive to the demand of traffic problems, ease traffic congestion and reduce travel delays.

“Traffic control is an outdoor occupation, night or day for long hours in all weathers, and is considered a dangerous occupation due to the high risk of being hit by passing vehicles.

“The STM work is a voluntary service of the state as a special call and rare honour, which must be pursued with great resilience and objectivity, and a noble service to mankind,” Oreagba said.